Fifth and Sixth class spent the afternoon making baubles, snowflakes, stars and Christmas cards for each other and their families. Have a look at some of the creative pieces they constructed.
Ms. Wickham’s 3rd and 4th class teamed up with Mr. Mc Donald’s 5th and 6th class today for their Christmas table quiz. It was great fun with singing, spot prizes and chocolate for the winners!!
A total of 61 children attended the last Hurling 365 session of 2014 yesterday. Each child in attendance recieved a certificate, a grip for their hurl, chocolate and a colouring sheet. It was great to see some new faces among the regular attenders and lets hope that in the new year even more children take up our national sport.
I would like to thank all the parents for making the effort of bringing their children to and from Coolree each week. I know it’s not easy but unfortunately the facilities on school grounds are not sufficient to run an indoor hurling session for 60 plus children and we are extremely lucky to have such top class facilities on our doorstep. A special word of thanks to Mark O Gorman, Derek Watchorn, Micheál Fardy, Kaylom Fenlon and Declan Doyle for all their hard work in 2014 promoting hurling and helping out with coaching at Hurling 365. Thank you to Mary Roban and Carol Jordan for helping out during Hurling 365 sessions and to any other parents who lend a hand from time to time. Let’s continue the good work in the new year.
Hurling 365 will resume for 3rd – 6th classes on Tuesday January 6th 2015 and for junior infants -2nd class on Wednesday January 7th 2015 from 3p.m to 4p.m I hope to see everyone there again and new faces are always welcome.
Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
Mr. Mc Donald
Hurling 365 resumes next week:
Tuesday @ 3:10p.m. for 3rd – 6th class pupils
Wednesday @ 3:10p.m for JI -2nd class pupils
Every pupil who attends next week will get a cool new sticker to help promote Hurling 365!
In the mean time have a look at some of the work we have being doing in school to try to improve our hurling.
5th/6th class students came up with slogans and made posters to promote hurling.
Each month we will have a new skill to practice. At the end of each term we will have a skills competition and the most improved player in each class will win a prize!!
Every month there will be a new ‘Legend of the Game’ on our notice board, we start with Liam Dunne this November so if your in the school have a look and read some of his achievements.
All players will get a chance to participate in a Winter Hurling league at Hurling 365.
The Active Schools Committee are going to create fun and new games for everyone to try out in school and during Hurling 365. We look forward to these.
Don’t wait for training to practice, don’t wait for Hurling 365 and don’t wait for someone to tell you to do it:
All of hurling’s most important skills can be practiced and perfected alone. Try to “shake hands with your hurley” every day. Just 20 minutes a day can greatly improve your skills.
For example striking out of the hand. Strike off you left and right. Attack the ball on the rebound. Run at it, don’t crab over and back like a tennis player try to “intercept” the ball. You should aim to take just one “touch” of the ball with the bás of the hurl gain control over the ball and deliver it to your catching hand. Turn to the other side of the body and strike again.
Pick ups also are easy to practice alone. See how many pick ups you can do in half a minute, 30 is an OK score. When rising the ball KEEP BOTH HANDS ON THE HURL one handed pick ups in open play are a bad habit. If it goes wrong you look really dumb, if it goes right no-one notices so it’s just not worth it.
“Hurl away everyday”